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Today's Opinions

  • Congratulations to TCRH on ranking

    The Joint Commission on Accreditation of Hospitals, a well-respected non-profit monitor of quality in health-care facilities, has published a list of the 405 best hospitals in the U.S., based on scores it gives from exhaustive inspections of these facilities, their practices and their outcomes.
    I was thrilled to see Twin County Regional Hospital on this list! We can be very proud of our local facility.

  • Statements about Grayson sheriff are unfair

    Recent critical statements made about Grayson County Sheriff Richard Vaughan are entirely unfair.
    Contrary to these statements, Sheriff Vaughan has been extremely proactive in identifying and eliminating criminal behavior in our community.
    Shortly after being elected to office he was required to address the three Hammer murders, and did so admirably.
    Sheriff Vaughan is consistently in touch with the community, listens to our concerns and solves any kind of problem with which we are confronted.

  • Corporations control our lives

    Several people have asked me why I am no longer working at [a local retailer].
    The truth of the matter is that I was fired because a customer complained about the content of my Facebook page.
    I would like to offer this bit of advice: folks, be careful what you say and do in your personal life.
    Because it seems that now, not only can corporations work you part-time with low wages and minimal benefits, but they can also control your life even when you are not working. Scary, isn’t it?
    Roger D. Barr
    Fancy Gap

  • Christ is the only path to spiritual truth

    I have just read Laura George’s website concerning the Oracle Institute.
    A definition of oracle might be a seat of worship used by ancient Romans and Greeks to consult their gods for answers.
    Some religions are based strictly on a system of laws. No one, then or now, was or is able to keep those laws. Therefore, God realized a need for a savior. Sending Jesus and the cross to atone for sin and to destroy the power of sin. Truth begins here and will prevail.

  • No disrespect to handicapped

    My name is Stephanie Brewer and I think that I am the person that the Hotline caller was referring to in “How can they do that.”
    I am very sorry if I offended anyone who saw my truck parked by town hall, however I wanted to set the record straight on the handicapped parking spaces in Fries near the town hall.
    I spoke with the town clerk and she told me that there are three parking spots in front of Fries Town Hall. The spot in the middle, right in front of the door to town hall, is a handicapped-accessible parking spot with a clearly marked wheelchair symbol.

  • Senior citizens' benefits being taken away

    I hope everyone knows about all the tricky little laws in our government. I wasn’t educated in government, but I’m learning.
    They have certain laws, then they have these tricky little riders to overcome the laws they just passed.
    Let me explain: I am 80 years old. I have worked all my life. I went on Social Security at age 65 and I hardly made it without any extra help.
    Then they took away our Social Security raise. And I had to go back to work because food, fuel, electricity and water got a little raise, too.

  • Oracle vs. Grayson: The other side of the story
  • Oracle vs. Grayson: The other side of the story

    By Lewis and Joanie Walker of Independence

    When Laura George presented her proposed project, the Oracle Retreat Center, to the Grayson Board of Supervisors for approval on June 10, 2010, freedom of speech was exercised by 28 citizens.
    Sixteen others voiced their views through letters and phone calls.
    Though many of the remarks by local people expressed opposition on religious grounds, the board declined the project based on common sense building principles.